Team Penny Barker (Photo: CURLSASK) defeats Chelsea Carey to win the 2022 Viterra Saskatchewan Scotties.
By: Cameron Sallaj
Penny Barker and her team of Christie Gamble, Jenna Enge and Danielle Sicinski won 7-5 in the championship final of the 2022 Viterra Saskatchewan Scotties and will represent Saskatchewan at the upcoming Scotties in Thunder Bay. In the final, The Moose Jaw rink went up against Regina's Chelsea Carey team who defeated Barker in both the A Qualifier and the 1 vs. 2 page playoff game.
Team Barker began the provincial final with a steal of one in the opening end. Chelsea Carey attempted a tap-back for two on her final shot but her stone rubbed the guard. Carey drew a wide open house for her two points in the second end to take a 2-1 lead.
The Barker rink replied with two of their own in the third end to retake the lead 3-2. Penny Barker executed a tap-back on a Carey stone for her two points. Team Barker added another point in the fourth end when Carey missed a double attempt.
In the fifth end which was setting up nicely for the Carey rink, Penny Barker made a perfect freeze to the button on her first stone to eliminate any chance of a big end for the Regina foursome. Chelsea tried a difficult angle raise for multiple points on her last shot, but hit the rock too thick. Barker forced Carey to a single in the sixth, making the score 5-3.
Momentum seemed to swing in the seventh as Team Carey sat four on Penny Barker's final stone. Barker, however, made a double takeout to only give up a steal of one.
Team Barker all but secured the win in the eighth end when they added two more to their total for a 7-4 lead. Carey took one in the ninth, but she trailed 7-5 heading into the final end.
With mistakes by the Carey team throughout the tenth end, Penny Barker had an open hit on her first shot to secure her second provincial title, which she executed.
The Moose Jaw foursome will now prepare to represent Saskatchewan in the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Barker and lead Danielle Sicinski both played in the 2017 Hearts representing Saskatchewan while this will be Christie Gamble's first trip to the national championship. Jenna Enge will compete in her fourth Scotties, having played with Tracy Fleury in her previous three appearances representing Ontario (2012) and Northern Ontario (2015, 2018).
Despite the loss, Team Carey may still have a chance to play in the Scotties thanks to their CTRS Ranking. The team currently ranks seventh on the CTRS points list but with the points received this weekend, will likely move in front of both Rachel Homan and Hollie Duncan for the second spot in the Wild Card game. Tracy Fleury has already secured the first spot in the qualification game thanks to their dominant season so far.
With the conclusion of the Saskatchewan Scotties, the field is filled out for the for the national championship with the exception of the Wild Card team.
Canada: Kerri Einarson
Alberta: Laura Walker
British Columbia: Mary-Anne Arsenault
Manitoba: Mackenzie Zacharias
New Brunswick: Andrea Crawford
Newfoundland and Labrador: Sarah Hill
Northern Ontario: Krista McCarville
Northwest Territories: Kerry Galusha
Nova Scotia: Christina Black
Nunavut: Brigitte MacPhail
Ontario: Rachel Homan or Hollie Duncan
Prince Edward Island: Suzanne Birt
Quebec: Laurie St-Georges
Saskatchewan: Penny Barker
Yukon: Hailey Birnie
Wild Card: Tracy Fleury vs TBD
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